Coping with Your Child’s Drug Addiction
Drug addiction can change lives. There are many negative effects that opiate addiction brings to an individual’s life which affects those closest to him, his family and friends, in a bad way also. The effects of a child’s suffering from addiction is felt by those who are close to him. You can hear it in conversations, it affects finances, and many other aspects of life. It is a difficult thing to bear if your child is suffering from drug addiction. Somehow we feel that there is no longer any hope for our child, yet the reality is, there is really hope for them.
Parents can actually help their child avoid drug addiction and this, for them, is a great responsibility. You can help your child avoid opiate addiction is by saying no and stopping them when you see signs of it. It is very common for parents to give their children money when it is clear that they will be using it to purchase drugs. Instead of giving money to encourage drug use, you should encourage them to go to an opiate rehab or treatment program instead. If you give them money and at the same time try to stop them from drug addiction, nothing will happen. You can encourage and stop it at the same time. When parents stop giving money to their children who are opiate addicts, they respond in anger. If they are not given money, they lash out. If you give them ways to sustain their addiction then, in effect, you are signing their death warrant.
Give them your assurance of support for their recovery if you encourage them to go to opiate rehab. If you have just cut off their allowance to prevent them from buying drugs, then they might not easily believe that you will support them in rehab. Even if they don’t believe it, don’t stop giving assurance of your support if they agree to go to an opiate rehab. Parents of opiate addicts also need much support. You need support, and you can either join a local organization who helps parents struggling in this area or you can organize you own family-based support that you need as your child is in rehab.
IF an opiate addict refuses rehab, there are three possibilities that can happen to him. If money is cut off from him, he can resort to crime to obtain the drugs that he needs. It is wrong to feel guilty when you stopped giving them money. Overdoes is very common to opiate users. An opiate addict can die of overdose if not treated immediately. These real possibilities are difficult to accept but you need to cope realistically with these struggles.